Wade in the Water: Poems - Part III (Pages 39 - 56) Summary & Analysis

Smith, Tracy K.
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In “The United States Welcomes You,” the speaker interrogates the arriving people, questioning everything from their dancing to their motives. In the final two lines, the speaker’s questions become reflexive: “Is this some enigmatic type of test?” (41).

In “New Road Station,” the speaker searches for an image to personify the rush of history, considering a woman crowding her children onto a bus, a carcass swarmed by flies, a protesting crowd, a silent audience watching a historical film, a speeding bus, a voice on the radio, or a sleeping child.

“Theatrical Improvisation” consists of stage directions and dialog. It describes a series of attacks, with actors portraying both victims and perpetrators. One attacker says: “We want these people / To feel unwanted” (43). That actor then becomes a victim as a crowd of actors beat him. The stage directions also include the audience...

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